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iPhone 5 Battery Life Reviews

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Apple claims the iPhone 5 battery lasts longer than the iPhone 4S despite a larger display and power-hungry 4G LTE connection.

Now that the first iPhone 5 reviews are up, there are finally a good number of iPhone 5 battery life reviews to highlight how long we can expect the iPhone 5 to last.

The following iPhone 5 battery life reviews should answer the burning question, ” Will the iPhone 5 battery last all day?”

Read: iPhone 5 Reviews

iPhone 5 Battery Life Claims

iPhone 5 Battery Life Reviews

The iPhone 5 battery.

Apple doesn’t share the rating for the iPhone 5 battery, but it’s clear that the iPhone 5 battery takes up a large part of the thin and light device. Apple’s battery life claims are usually close to real world use.

The iPhone 5 should last as long as the iPhone 4S for talking, and longer than the iPhone 4S when it comes to browsing the web.

  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • up to 8 hours on LTE
  • up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Here’s how Apple tests the iPhone 5 battery to come up with the battery life ratings.

iPhone 5 battery life is of particular note because there is no way to replace the battery when it runs down. We expect iPhone 5 battery cases, but most users will want to use the iPhone 5 without a battery pack case.

iPhone 5 battery life is also important because spare Lightning to USB cables are scarce.

iPhone 5 Battery Life Reviews

Based on the early iPhone 5 reviews, battery life looks promising, though we are looking forward to seeing more iPhone 5 units in the wild before proclaiming Apple’s battery claims on the mark.

Tim Stevens at Engadget

On our standard battery rundown test, in which we loop a video with LTE and WiFi enabled and social accounts pinging at regular intervals, the iPhone 5 managed a hugely impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes. That’s just 10 minutes shy of the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop

I use my iPhone 5 to make phone calls, iMessage, text, Web browsing, email, Twitter and generally keep up-to-date with what’s going on around the world. I unplugged my phone from the charger at 10:00 am, used it all day doing the things described above and then waited for it to run out of battery.

It wasn’t until about 7:00 am the next morning that it finally died. I didn’t watch any movies or intensive things like that, but I had Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. Basically this was real-world usage testing for me. It was a normal day.

iPhone 5 battery life

The thinner iPhone 5 boasts long battery life.

John Gruber at Daring Fireball

Battery life seems good, exactly on par with my 4S.

David Pogue at The New York Times

In practical terms, you encounter fewer days when the battery dies by dinnertime — a frequent occurrence with 4G phones.

Walt MossBerg at All Things D

The iPhone 5’s battery lasted between 9 and 12 hours every day, in mixed use. For most people, the phone would last the day without recharging.

MG Siegler at Techcrunch

While it’s hard to judge against a year-old iPhone 4S, the battery seems to be a bit better than it was a year ago (though there were some iOS issues as well). Apple claims 8 hours of 3G and LTE usage, and that seems about right.

Luke Peters at T3

In our testing, real-world battery life doesn’t seem to have changed much since the iPhone 4S, which could be seen as a good thing considering the iPhone 5 is a more advanced product, but you’ll still need to charge it every night to give you enough juice for the next day.

You can watch a couple of films on a flight or listen to hours and hours of music on one charge, but talking and 3G surfing take a heavier toll, and 4G connectivity could be even more of a drain.

Overall it looks like the iPhone 5 will last a full day of use for most users. Heavy users may need to plug-in, especially if they rely on 4G LTE throughout the day. For these users, an iPhone 5 Mophie Juice Pack is high on the wishlist.

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86 Comments

  1. Matt Holdrege

    09/22/2012 at 1:13 am

    The iphone 5 I got here in France has way worse battery life than my two year old iPhone 4. Maybe it is a different batch than what you guys got in the US.

    • W TheMachine Guggenheim

      09/24/2012 at 2:04 pm

      No, it’s because you don’t have an S3.

      • dnorm

        10/22/2012 at 4:58 pm

        Always a bug somewhere with the s3, wich is to phones what Hyundai is to cars…..full gadgets, short term eye (and fish) catching, does not last.

    • Scott

      09/26/2012 at 3:02 pm

      Take a look at some of the websites that discuss adjusting settings to improve battery life. I find my iPhone 5 far out performs my iPhone 4 and 4s. IOS 6 allows one to really fine tune settings. If everything is “on” you will burn through your battery. If you adjust your settings to suit your style, you will probably be pleased. Try: 1) change “push” and “fetch” to “manually” in email settings. 2) Turn off wifi when away from home so the phone stops searching for new connections, 3) turn off LTE unless you need it, 4) turn off blue tooth unless you need it, 5) turn on only the notifications you need, 6) turn off compass and maps unless you need them, 7) adjust auto-brightness to a dim but comfortable level. Importantly, run your battery all the way out and then recharge it fully to 100% several times these first few weeks to condition it. Your battery could last close to two says if you follow these steps. This is a tiny, very powerful device. It is unreasonable to expect to run every feature all the time all day long. Think of your phone as a little ecosystem with limited resources you need to manage. I have used my iPhone 5 vigorously for two days on a single charge, and I still have 60% battery. The device is brilliant! Good luck!

      • Doug

        10/05/2012 at 8:30 am

        You must work for Apple to have an attitude like that. I had an Iphone 4 and it would last a day and a half w my regular usage.That’s with all features turned on and brightness all the way up. Now I have most things turned off and brightness at less than 50% and my battery doesnt even last a full day!!! Why would you want to own a phone that you had to manually get push and email. What’s the point of having conveniences on a new phone if they arent convenient. You sound like a pc user that doesnt mind putting up with microsofts bs. If Steve Jobs were still around he wouldn’t put up with this crap.

        • Anthony

          11/12/2012 at 12:10 am

          Agree 100%. I am having exactly the same issues. The 4 lasted a day and into the night, the 5 is dead by 4pm. Pretty much over it.

        • kim

          11/17/2012 at 1:14 pm

          i believe he is only trying to answer a question being asked here and he is right.

      • Steve

        10/17/2012 at 1:35 pm

        Maybe I could turn everything off and use it as a paper weight. Not much point in having all these features if I have to turn them off. The battery life sucks on this phone, it’s not remotely close to that of the iPhone 4

      • dont worship smart phones!

        04/20/2013 at 10:46 pm

        So, the iPhone 5 battery last a long time only when you don’t use the features of the phone…
        Hay here is an idea; buy a cheaper lower spec phone and get the same result!

  2. John

    09/22/2012 at 6:50 am

    I’ll have to agree with you Matt. I’m here in Australia and only judging based on two charge cycles – I’m still a little skeptical. I expected it to outlast my iPhone 4 battery very easily but perhaps my expectations were a little high?

  3. Darryl

    09/22/2012 at 7:12 am

    We have 2 iPhone 5′s in our house and we love everything about it except the battery life. Watched some utube for 45 mins and it used 35% of the battery on wifi. Not as good as the iPad (which I think is an exceptional battery) my 3GS is on par with iPhone 5 for battery i gotta say or maybe I need to get a replacement already because its not lasting the day

  4. Kiki

    09/22/2012 at 7:23 am

    Yep in Australia too and im not impressed with battery life at all. Loses about a percent a minute! Can literally watch the percent lowering as using the phone. Also lost about 20% when in standby not even being used. Will def be taking it further with carrier I purchased from. Disappointing 😓

    • Eve

      02/21/2013 at 11:07 pm

      I phone 5 battery sucks. Went to apple store and I didn’t get any answers. Basically make me feel like an idiot. Why should I have everything turn off what is the point to have if I can’t use it. I’m not happy with this phone. Have tu go I run out of battery:(

  5. Heather

    09/22/2012 at 11:39 am

    Agree completely- terrible battery life…. Not near as good as last Iphone. Battery dies after 4 hours of average use. I have most battery draining items turned off, and still makes no difference.

    • Andries Van Graan

      01/27/2013 at 10:59 am

      Turn of your 3G when not in use and your battery life will double!

  6. Janis

    09/22/2012 at 11:41 am

    I’m in the US and I can tell you the iPhone 5 battery is terrible! I left my phone at 98 % for about an hour, ( nothing running on it), came back and it was already down to 90%. I talked on it this morning for about 30 min. it had been at100%, then when I ended the call it was at 48%. Not liking this battery at all.

    • Denis

      09/30/2012 at 2:33 pm

      8 percent in an hour means it should last about 12 hours which is not terrible at all

      • dnorm

        10/22/2012 at 5:03 pm

        Yes exactly but she said nothing running on it……what is the point to have the phone on standby for 12 hours?

      • Peyton

        11/23/2012 at 5:12 am

        8% an hour at idle/standby is ridiculous. When in use it is more like 20% an hour.

  7. Kevin

    09/22/2012 at 1:14 pm

    Seeing fast drain as well.
    Today my phone was at 93%. I took a call that lasted 36 minutes and my battery dropped to 48%
    The only thing syncing on my phone are Photos (iCloud is still restoring photo albums). all other background apps are closed and push for mail is disabled.

  8. Mauricio Nieto

    09/22/2012 at 2:49 pm

    Same thing here, just 4 hrs of standby mixed with 3 short phone calls.
    The worst battery life of all iPhones. Very disappointed.

  9. Dan McFall

    09/22/2012 at 5:00 pm

    Dan 09/22/12 at 4:55pm Very disappointed!!! This Battery Sucks… I think Apple should be more honest with there reviews!!! I am going back to my HTC eve.

  10. Michael

    09/22/2012 at 6:18 pm

    VERY disappointed! iPhone 5 battery draining at over 15% per hour!

  11. Matt

    09/22/2012 at 8:39 pm

    After draining my phone yesterday I charged it to full and used it earlier for about 20 minutes to 80% then put on standby. A couple hours later I picked up a hot iPhone with 15% left on the battery.

  12. AM

    09/23/2012 at 3:39 am

    Here I’m HK and just upgraded from a iphone 3G. Battery life has been woeful! Since unplugging this morning, am down to 15% on a Sunday when I barely use my phone. Have been on our home Wifi more than LTE as well. Love the phone, but battery is a huge let down

  13. Jeremy

    09/23/2012 at 5:21 am

    Battery at 92% last night when I went to sleep. 75% when I woke up in the morning. Immediately had a 45 minute facetime call over wifi, and now at 42%. I’m concerned. Not sure if I have a defective phone or if this is normal…

    • W TheMachine Guggenheim

      09/24/2012 at 2:05 pm

      No, it’s just not an S3, that’s the problem.

      • dnorm

        10/22/2012 at 5:07 pm

        Yes but she as wifi……walk 10 feet from your router with an s3, and wifi is almost gone.

  14. Obrien

    09/23/2012 at 8:57 am

    Double tap the hoe button and close the apps

  15. Obrien

    09/23/2012 at 9:22 am

    Sorry ..home.. Button…..

  16. Lisa

    09/23/2012 at 10:44 am

    My daughter and I just got the iPhone 5 and are having similar issues. We have only been using it to text, Facebook and search the web and noticed that the battery on both phones were almost dead after only 6 hours. This is very concerning.

  17. Tony

    09/23/2012 at 10:44 am

    US user and this is the worst battery life of any apple product I have or do own. I was streaming music on my boat yesterday and it ran out of power in less then 2 hours. I would never have gotten the 5 if I had known this.

  18. Bp

    09/23/2012 at 2:33 pm

    The drain is much worse with LTE enabled. Apple should consider make a software update that disables LTE when the phone is locked. I use to have a jailbreak app that did this and it helped battery life a bunch

  19. Chris Falla

    09/23/2012 at 2:36 pm

    Chris,
    Seems we’re all having the same problem, thinking of going back to my old 4 or maybe trade for the Galaxy 111!! Not happy!!!

  20. jorge

    09/23/2012 at 3:01 pm

    i have the same problem with this fhone no happy at all i lose alot of money to get this phone hopping get good iphone n the batterie is bad

  21. Kevin

    09/23/2012 at 4:09 pm

    I agree with everyone here! iPhone 5 battery not so good! It declines rapidly! I was out with a friend who had the 4S and she was on Facebook and SMS and had twice the battery life that I did with the same usage!

  22. Uii

    09/23/2012 at 5:52 pm

    Yeha im thinking of returning the phone and getting my money back. Maybe the reason because I have location services, maps etc running so it works with Siri well. But the battery is very dissapointing.

  23. Venecia

    09/23/2012 at 6:51 pm

    Here inJapan and my battery sucks too! I’ve turned everything else off- few push notifications, most location enabled apps turned off, yet everytime I browse the Internet or send a text it sucks up a lot of battery!! I used my iPad to browse the Internet and to watch videos for an hour and the battery hardly moved. I’m SO disappointed. I had an iPhone 4 before and I didn’t have this problem!!!

  24. Kirb

    09/23/2012 at 7:14 pm

    Been using iPhones for 4 years and never had to concern myself with battery life. Now I have to budget my usage because it dies 12 hours after unplugging in the morning

  25. Winnie (Hong Kong)

    09/23/2012 at 8:42 pm

    I hope Apple is seeing all these messages about the Iphone 5 battery issue. I unplugged my phone this morning at 7:40AM with 100% and it is now 11:36AM and the battery is at 53%…I hardly used it but just checking several emails with no downloads. I just changed from an Iphone 4 and it would have been still in the 90%+ range with the same useage….very disappointing with the new phone.

  26. Johann

    09/23/2012 at 10:11 pm

    What kind of reviews are we getting? My iPhone 5 has the worse battery ever! It keeps draining! I turned off all notification already! Locations off! Sometimes even data is off! And still getting drained! I asked a friend who also got an iPhone 5 and she’s says it’s pretty bad, too. Worse than her iPhone 4.

  27. Phil Samson

    09/23/2012 at 11:14 pm

    Battery loses about 1% every two minutes while doing nothing. Who are these professional reviewers with their lies about long battery life? I sold my iPhone 4S for this? It came with only 50% battery out of the box. It charges fast but depletes even faster. Seems like an ios6 bug. My iPhone 4S and new iPad under iOS 5.1.1 only lost 2-3% a day on standby. Needs to be fixed immediately. Also, another bug: I don’t have tethering on my phone but my cellular usage under settings said I had used 374638263TB. Then I hit reset and it said 124TB. Then I reset again and it said null. Then I hit reset again and it said 1.0KB. What the hell is going on? And another bug: the processor speed goes from blazing fast to slower than the 4S whenever it feels like it. Another bug: often web pages won’t load and says can’t connect to server and I have to close Safari and reopen it ten times before it will load. Full of bugs. Fix your mess, Apple, or you’ll be having an onslaught of returns. Piece of junk so far. And why is the iPad screen more natural color wise? The iPad has a warmer, more natural hue while the iPhone has always had a cooler, bluer tint. The iPad now seems to be suffering a similar battery life problem since the iOS 6 upgrade, but not quite as severe. I would not call this a successful launch for you guys at Apple, regardless of how many you initially sold to your crowd of followers. The negative press will bite you in the ass.

  28. johnny555

    09/24/2012 at 12:17 am

    Im in Australia and am shocked at how fast the percentage goes down, when im texting you can see it drop every few minutes, these needs to be sorted out!!!

  29. bob hawke

    09/24/2012 at 12:34 am

    yeah apple u guys suck, my phone dies after 4 hours of usage time in my settings, this is going to be your last big iphone unless u pick up ur game

  30. Khai

    09/24/2012 at 2:02 am

    Lol indeed the batt just died on me

    • Mike

      09/24/2012 at 2:34 am

      Same problem here in San DIego CA. As I’m talking on the phone, I can literally look at the battery percentage and it goes down quickly before my eyes, perhaps 3% every 10 minutes on it. I thought it was a defect so I was thinking of exchanging, but looks like I’m not alone. Guess we need to deal with it or return the phone completely.

  31. Jason Kam

    09/24/2012 at 2:25 am

    whats wrong with every ones phones? I am finding my iphone 5 battery life to be at least 20% better than my iphone 4. I have had the phone since friday. maybe only people with issues are replying? my iPhone 5 has great battery life.

    • Nick

      10/29/2012 at 4:24 pm

      Exact same here. I got my iPhone saturday and I took it out of the charger at 100% at 1:20 something and I used it non stop until 7 something. It was only at 36%. I used it all day at my high school. the high school lasts 6 hours. The battery was at 60 something %. That is astounding battery life. Either these people have really bad luck or, We have really good luck. LOL!

  32. Mike

    09/24/2012 at 2:37 am

    There’s something different for sure. I’ve had iPhone since the original and I have never noticed a decrease like this in battery life. 1st time I’ve ever had to monitor my usage based on battery life. Terrible and my friend says he’s experiencing the same thing. Also, I know two people so far that have had their phones damaged straight out of the box. One of them showed me the dent.

    Anyway, I’ve had the phone Since Friday. Maybe it needs a few more charges to get better???

    • Brian

      09/24/2012 at 12:09 pm

      Welcome to having a 4G phone lol… I knew Apples claims on 4G were bogus! I am sorry but with how small the battery is in the iphone 5… I wouldn’t expect to get that resolved…. just sayin

  33. Ron

    09/24/2012 at 7:34 am

    I had the 4 and it was great for battery life. Now with all the “extras” disabled my iPhone 5 still doesn’t last half as long as my old iPhone 4. What happened? Hopefully they fix the issue soon with IOS 6.1 or something because I may have to go back to my 4 and look elsewhere for a quality phone.

    • Doc

      09/24/2012 at 1:32 pm

      The original “4g LTE” phones were sucking battery life was because the LTE radio was its own separate chip.
      That’s not the case here with the 5.
      This same problem happened previously to apple with prior iPhones. It seems the fix will be in the iOs..

  34. W TheMachine Guggenheim

    09/24/2012 at 2:05 pm

    My galaxy S3 gets 40 hours of battery life with normal use. My 4S gets 8 hours battery life with normal use. Go Samsung!

    • jd

      10/11/2012 at 6:54 pm

      get a life dude

    • dnorm

      10/22/2012 at 5:16 pm

      Wow…..we are sooooooooooooo impressed!

  35. Rch

    09/24/2012 at 5:10 pm

    Few tips to have a long lasting battery life:
    1. Always charge using apple’s charger. Your computer’s USB port produce less watts than Apple charger. If you charge it using your computer’s USB port, the battery will be charged up to 80-90%, even though it shows 100%. Charging using Apple’s iPhone charger will have up to 20% longer than comouter’s USB charger. Charging with iPad’s charger is not recommended. Ipad charger will charge the iPhone very quick but it kills the battery life very quick as well.

    2. Rather than switch back to 4S, go to General>Cellular> and disable LTE.

    Please check the LTE coverage in your area on your network operator’s website. The biggest problem that consume lots of battery is when the phone try to search for LTE and keep switching between 3G and LTE.

    if you don’t have much LTE coverage in your area, I would recommend you to disable LTE and you’ll get 3G connection only, just like 4S. If you live in the city and has lots of LTE coverage, make sure you do charge your iPhone using the charger that comes with it and test it again for couple days.

    I used to have Blackberry 9000, has a menu to disable 3G and rely on EDGE or GPRS. If I switch 3G to automatic, it drain the battery in half a day. If I set the cellular to 2G (edge or GPRS), it will last a day.

    I believe this issue can be fixed on the next iOS update. Stay tune.

  36. SJ

    09/24/2012 at 5:42 pm

    Guys, you have to disable LTE. The battery life is way better without it. Give it a shot before considering returning

  37. Marilyn Leland

    09/25/2012 at 4:46 pm

    I got my new iphone5 on the first day it came out and I was terribly disappointed in the battery life, but then I looked at all of the notifications and location services that were turned on and I turned off everything except for the apps that actually needed to know where I am. That helped. But I’m also traveling at the moment and there’s no LTE where I am, so I disabled that as well. Now that the phone isn’t constantly looking for notifications, where I am and an LTE signal, the battery life is vastly better.

    • Marilyn Leland

      10/15/2012 at 6:42 pm

      And when I returned home and had a good LTE signal, the battery life was vastly improved. It is now lasting up to two days if I’m not using it for much more than occasionally checking e-mail.

  38. David

    09/26/2012 at 11:12 am

    Battery life sucks on iPhone 5 , no way around it. Hope it’s a software issue that can be fixed

  39. Shahrukh

    09/27/2012 at 3:28 am

    Same with me. I live here in Australia and I used my iphone 5 for talking consecutively for 4 hours and phone turned off automatically due to battery gone fully. Not happy at all.

  40. Moahsin

    09/30/2012 at 3:48 am

    Initially my battery life on the iPhone 5 seemed to be rubbish however by changing the settings such as notifications and locations as well as LTE to only when needed has really improved my battery life! So just leave on what you need & do not have many things running in the background, this will help your battery life..
    After tweaking the iOS 6, I can report that the battery life in this iPhone is much better than the new iPad. I was happy with the iPhone 4S battery life but this is wayyyyyy better! :-)

    Well done apple for launching a truly brilliant iPhone!!

  41. Denis

    09/30/2012 at 2:36 pm

    you need to let the battery cycle through a few times before it will be at full potential. just like with any other phone or device

  42. RN

    10/01/2012 at 4:47 pm

    On standby doing nothing 12 hours is terrible.

    • rch

      10/15/2012 at 8:22 pm

      please check and manage your running applications, notifications and location services well. Switch off your LTE (if you dont have good LTE coverage in your area) and you’ll get 3G or 3G+ signals. Charge using the charger that comes with the iPhone.

  43. BV

    10/03/2012 at 3:51 am

    I am also having problems with battery life. It’s 11:51am and the battery is 29% – I need it to last all day!

    • rch

      10/15/2012 at 8:24 pm

      please restore your iPhone as a new phone. do not restore from backup. check and manage your running applications, notifications and location services well. Switch off your LTE (if you dont have good LTE coverage in your area) and you’ll get 3G or 3G+ signals. Charge using the charger that comes with the iPhone. iPhone battery life will gradually increasing on the first week.

  44. johnny555

    10/05/2012 at 1:25 am

    I found out what the problem was with my battery on iphone 5 was when i initially plugged it into itunes to start the phone i started it to sync with existing apps and setting etc and found the battery to be getting very warm and draining fast. I then erased all phone back to like new erasing everything and re plugging back into itunes and starting up phone as a new phone, problem solved and battery great!!! add the apps through the phone and not from your itunes back up.

    • MarioGV

      10/15/2012 at 6:40 pm

      Johnny,

      What sort of battery life were you getting with your iPhone 5 before you started over again?

      And since you started your phone as a new phone, how long as it lasted?

      I ask this because I was told to do this too and I am considering this line of action too.

      Thank you!

      Mario

  45. MarioGV

    10/15/2012 at 6:35 pm

    My iPhone battery will be at 100% charge-then only to have it last about 5 hrs & within those 5 hrs I haven’t used it much, been outside for good reception. I even went inside an Apple store to have it checked out, which they verified all is well with the battery and such!!

    The iPhone 5 battery is terrible!!! I think I am going back to my old iPhone 4, at a time when the “Steve Jobs” era of building products properly worked!!

    Bottom line, the iPhone 5 battery is terrible and it’s a real shame since this should have a priority with this new Apple leadership!

    • rch

      10/15/2012 at 8:25 pm

      please restore your iPhone as a new phone. do not restore from backup. check and manage your running applications, notifications and location services. Make sure you switch off unnecessary notifications and location services. Switch off your LTE (if you dont have good LTE coverage in your area) and you’ll get 3G or 3G+ signals. Charge using the charger that comes with the iPhone. iPhone battery life will gradually increasing on the first week.

      • mariogv

        10/15/2012 at 9:41 pm

        rch-

        Thank you for your suggestions, they are greatly appreciated!

        I turned off the LTE option & focused on using only 3G. So, far my results are looking positive!

        The challenge I see with the complete reset & re-adding the applications all via the phone is the time involved. But, I would as last resort, of course.

        In the end Apple needs to address such issues ahead of time and focus on eliminating the possibilities of setbacks ( as much as possible) ahead of time. A possible iOS update was suggested. Perhaps this would help?

        Now, how about that purple haze when taking photos … ? Hmmmmm

        • rch

          10/16/2012 at 1:10 am

          restoring backup usually cause problems and bugs. thats what i’ve experienced since iphone 2G. so, since installing apps are easier on iOS 6, I would recommend you to restore your phone as a new phone and then setup icloud and apps manually.

          There is no iOS fw update yet at the moment.

          I think there is a possibility to fix purple haze with software update. even though it looks like hardware problem, but i think it is still fixable on next iOS update. in the mean time, try to take pictures on safe angle, which is not towards the light source.

  46. Me

    10/18/2012 at 10:48 am

    Terrible battery on iPhone 5…..not even 1:00 and I only have 30% left for the day..uggggh

  47. Peter Fun

    10/20/2012 at 2:22 am

    My new iPhone 5 battery is great. It is 94% after 2-3 hrs of usage. Thanks.

    • mariogv

      10/20/2012 at 6:18 am

      I have made a few comments already on this forum, having my battery be completely drained after only 4 hrs.

      What has worked for me is to simply turn off LTE in the settings, so the iPhone 5 is not always trying to connect with 4G. It has done wonders for my battery life, which is now lasting up to 1 1/2 day to almost 2 days to total.

      Also, if you can deplete your battery completely for at least 3 times the first few weeks you own the iPhone 5.

      It would seem its software related with the constant need to connect to 4G, and this is draining the battery completely much faster.

    • Peter Fun

      10/20/2012 at 10:27 pm

      Check my iPhone 5 again. After 1 day, it has 40% of battery power after vigorous usages. Thanks.

      • Jimi

        11/30/2012 at 9:33 am

        F off troll

  48. Nate

    10/30/2012 at 8:04 pm

    And that is why I brought an iPhone 4S the day the 5 came out for $679

  49. Gord

    11/08/2012 at 3:47 am

    Battery sucks 6-8 hrs max. My iPhone 3 first iPhone I still get longer then 15 hrs on a charge.

  50. Julie

    11/10/2012 at 1:10 am

    Very dissatisfied the battery life is terrible, had 5 for 2 days, charged twice, I phone 4 still has 40% haven’t charged it for 3 days, really annoyed and unhappy with Apple!

  51. Peter Goh

    11/13/2012 at 3:52 pm

    The iPhone 5 battery life is just crap. No manufacturer worth it’s salt should make a new product with a key function that’s worse than its predecessor!

  52. Linda1126

    11/18/2012 at 1:01 pm

    Battery life sucks! Apple needs to address this issue ASAP! I returned it thinking it was a defective phone, got a new one and the battery life still drains at same rate! I’m so angry and can’t believe I waited for this crap phone! Should have gotten the note 2

  53. Bones

    11/26/2012 at 12:18 pm

    Where are they getting the statistics claiming that the iPhone 5 battery is lasting longer than the 4s or any other smartphone on the planet? I unplug my iPhone5 from the charger around 6am every morning and by 2:30pm (sometimes even earlier) I am in desperate need of charging this thing. I listen to some music, send out a few text messages, check Facebook, and do slight web searching. Nothing that warrants this thing dying. I am more than disappointed in the battery life of this phone. I took it to Apple and they ran their “disgnostics” on it, which came back that this phone was ‘Normal” for battery life. I spent $300.00 with a new contract and need to charge this thing 2-3x per day. That is ridiculous. There is either something wrong with my personal product or Apple is pulling a fast one claiming better battery life. The article states they people are getting between 8 and 12-hrs of USAGE…the best USAGE output that I have gotten from this phone (I received it the first week it came out) was 6hrs and 37mins.

  54. Tim S

    12/12/2012 at 1:00 am

    To be honest: It’s worthless as a business phone. I got one last week as a company phone. I unplugged it from the charger this morning @ 7.30. It’s now 9:23 and I’m at 58%. At this rate I won’t make it untill noon. Just by going through my mails while in the car btw. Yesterday it went dead before 5 in the afternoon making a single 15 min. call and reading mails on a couple of occasions. Priced at €790 in Belgium you would expect a lot more. And don’t get me started on the Wifi reception…

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